We are officially mid-season here in the mid-Atlantic. At least half way through the Sportif, Super 8 and MAC series. To put it mildly, October flew by – two UCI double weekends two weeks apart really takes a toll. I’m breaking down Crosshairs Cycling’s mid-season results into two parts. We start with racing action in the middle of October.
Charm City Cross truly is a regional classic. The 2015 edition, once again a two-day UCI C2 affair, took place in Druid Hill Park on October 10 and 11. Crosshairs Cycling was well represented in many deep categories. The weather was mild but late week rain made for a power-sucking, almost velcro-like grass surface over much of the course.
Day 1 highlights included a top 20 result for Kevin Hays (in the Mens 3/4 race), a top 25 for Kimani Neilsen (23rd) in the Mens 35+ 1/2/3, and a top 30/lead lap result for Libbey Sheldon in her return to UCI racing in the Women’s Elite race.
Day 2 was similarly warm and fast. A top 20 for Kimani Nielsen (19th) in the always competitive Mens Masters 35+ 1/2/3 race was a highlight, as was J Dove’s 27th. Matt Parse finished 18th in the Mens 45+ race. Mike Wynnyk improved on his day 1 result with 25th place in the Mens 55+ and Libbey Sheldon once again finished on the lead lap in the Women’s Elite, just outside the top 25.
Next up on the ‘cross calendar was a return to Anne Arundel County for AACX on October 17, Race #3 in the Sportif Cup Series. Mark Cavey got the highest result of the day, with 3rd place finish in the Mens 35+ 3/4 race. Shauna Sweet repped Crosshairs in the Women’s Elite race and ended up on the podium in 4th place. Mike Wynnyk rounded out results for the day with 8th in the Mens 55+.
Last race for this update was Schooley Mill CX on October 18. This year, Schooley Mill was Round 2 of the MABRA Super8 Series. A dry course and windy conditions set the stage for this stalwart race in the DC-Baltimore area. Alex Alfano had a great result, finishing just outside of the top 10 in the Junior Men 15-18 race. Mike Wynnyk finished in the same spot in the Mens 55+ race. Josh Gorman had his best race of the season, finishing on the podium (5th) in the Men’s 35+ 3/4 race. Mike Vanderbilt finished just off the podium (6th) in the Mens 45+ field while Kevin Hays was on one of the top steps in the Mens 3/4 with a great 3rd place result. Bentley Brooks and Mark Cavey finished 5th and 6th in the Singlespeed race – Bentley’s second podium in as many SS races. Finishing off the day, J Dove outsprinted Elliott Caldwell for 9th place in the Elite Mens race after breaking his chain and DNFing in the Mens 35 1/2/3 race. It was a true testament to Crosshairs Cycling’s stick-withit-ness – it’s not always how you start but how you finish.
Onward to DCCX!
Thanks as usual to Chris from Cycleboredom for the pictures.